Leslie Thatcher

News Director

Tough but fair, Leslie is the woman most of Park City wakes up with every weekday morning. Her 26 years at KPCW has given her depth and insight, guiding her as she asks local leaders and citizens the questions on everyone’s minds during the live interviews of the Local News Hour.

As KPCW's News Director, she has the pulse of the community and an unmatched range of contacts that allows the station to cover everything going on in town, from increased school taxes and water rates to personal achievements and community-wide victories. When she's not sussing out the next story, you'll see her face at many Park City events, as well as on the ski hill and mountain trails.

In 2016, Leslie was honored as the Park City Rotary Club's Professional Citizen of the Year and served as Grand Marshall of the Miner Day parade.

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On today’s program, Park City Deputy Fire Marshal Kurt Simister is retiring today. He looks back at his long career with Park City Municipal. Park City Resident Rob Umstead has an update on his wife Danelle's competition on Dancing with the Stars. Members of Utah League of Women Voters Jill Lesh and Meredith Reed have details about the voter education resource Vote 411.org. and Marty Harger has details about the upcoming Heber Valley Yoga Festival to benefit the Wasatch School District’s food pantry.

Local News Hour - October 2, 2018

Oct 2, 2018

On today’s program, Cheryl Fox, director of Summit Land Conservancy has an update on local open space issues. Summit County Emergency Manager Chris Crawley has details about the weather in which the National Weather Service has issued a possibility for flash flooding. Also, what the county is doing around the burn scars from this summer’s fires and the need for CERT volunteers.

On today’s program, Utah State University History Professor Norm Jones is leading efforts to improve general education in the state of Utah. A free lecture entitled, "What Does It Mean to be an Educated Person in the 21st Century will happen on Saturday at 5 pm at Peaks Hotel. Tom Noaker and Amber Nelson with South Summit Trails Association have an update on the trail system and Oct. 6th fundraiser. Mountain Mediation Center Director Gretchen Lee and Attorney Natalie Segall have details about their speaker Dr.

On today’s program, Summit County Council member Kim Carson has a recap of Wednesday's meeting. Moab Mayor Rani Derasary talks about the Moab city council's decision to put a plastic bag ban into effect starting in 2019 as well as how this southeastern resort town is dealing with growth issues.

Local News Hour - September 26, 2018

Sep 26, 2018

On today’s program, Executive Director of the Park Silly Sunday Market Kate McChesney and Operations Director Michelle McDonald have a re-cap of the 12th season for the Park Silly Market. Park City Manager Diane Foster and Special Events Manager Jenny Diersen have a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting and Elissa Aten and Kristi Marsh from PC Reads talk about Dyslexia Awareness Month coming up in October.

On today’s program, Summit County manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. Park City Planning Director, Bruce Erickson, previews tomorrow's planning commission agenda and Lucky Ones Coffee Shop Co-Owner Katie Holyfield, and two mothers of children with special needs Liza Howell and Theresa Danos talk about some of the issues they raised at the Park City Council's  recent Social Equity listening tour held at the coffee shop.

On today’s program, Park City Museum Director Sandra Morrison has details about Free Day on Tuesday, as well as other events at Museum. Eric Wheeler from local Pickleball group, will be in to talk about the sport and their recent request to Summit County Council and Rob Umstead – husband of Park City Paralympian Alpine Skier Danelle Umstead – who is legally blind - talks about his wife’s  new role as a contestant on Dancing with the Starts which starts tonight.

The Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District board Friday morning sent a positive recommendation to the Summit County Council for a half million dollar grant toward the conservation easement purchase on the 158-acre Osguthorpe Ranch on Old Ranch Road. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

Local News Hour - September 21, 2018

Sep 21, 2018

On the Local News Hour,  North Summit School Superintendent Jerre Holmes, who has just been named Utah School Superinendent of the year by the Superintendent's Association.  Public Lands Council President Dave Eliason talks about the Council's 50th annual meeting.  Steve Laurent and Minda Stockdale,  members of Friends of the Farm have details about the annual Scarecrow Festival at McPollin Farm.

On the Local News Hour, Summit County Council member Roger Armstrong has a recap of Wednesday’s meeting and Wasatch County Manager Mike Davis discusses the county’s recent approval of the Mayflower Mountain Resort.